Dr. Peter Haberman, conductor of The Concordia Band, has a passion for creating and shaping a new band each year.
It’s a process that allows him to hone in on the musicians’ still-emerging musical skills to build an ensemble with the potential to give powerful performances.
It wasn’t that long ago that Haberman was a product of this process. A 1997 graduate, Concordia became his model for trying to create a community of musicians who aspire to making and enjoying exceptional music.
“In rehearsals, there’s really more questions asked than commands given,” he says. “It’s about growing leaders and increasing individual responsibility to bring their best to the process of making music. Music is a listening art. It’s a honed skill, and we try to learn to listen at a much deeper level.”
For Haberman, the high level of music making at Concordia is part of the full liberal arts experience, where the emphasis is on developing a fulfilling life for students.
In his teaching, Haberman seeks an emotional and musical engagement with students so they will be empowered to do good work on their own. The goal is for students to never accept less than their best.
He earned a doctorate in conducting from the University of Minnesota and was director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before landing his dream job as director of bands and assistant professor of music at Concordia in 2012.
“After nine moves to five states and eight schools, I learned that if you are a musician, there’s no place like Concordia,” says Haberman. “This is a unique community with a shared empathy for students and an amazing degree of faculty collegiality. Everywhere I went, I tried to create this atmosphere, but I learned that it’s the culture of the place that creates and sustains this kind of community.”